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LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (295,779)
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12/3/12 10:53 A

I had the Zip (pink of course LOL) and loved it. Then the One came out and I sold my Zip and now using and loving my burgundy Fitbit One. The sleep feature is very interesting and eye opening for sure. My Fitbit has motivated me to move alot more and that is totally worth it. I also love that you walk close to your computer where the Fitbit dongle is placed and the Fitbit syncs automatically.


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12/3/12 9:13 A

Thanks so much for all the feedback. I think I will buy myself one as a late Christmas present. It sounds like something that would help me get these last 25ish pounds off that I am struggling with. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

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12/3/12 6:55 A

I bought the ultra about a month ago and I love it. It's easy to set up and use.

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12/3/12 6:35 A

I've had fitbit one for almost two months. There are no batteries. It plugs into a USB cable that plugs into your computer and charges in an hour. I washed my fitbit after only having it 6 days. I left it clipped to my workout clothes. I emailed the company and they replaced it for free within just days. Customer service was wonderful. I didn't even pay for shipping. It's a super common mistake by the threads in the forums I've read. My husband has been watching me play and lovng this little One and now he has one too! Today is His 3rd day and he hasn't put it down yet either. I love the sleep tracker it was a good eye opener on how much you sleep, wake up and how much actual rest you get.

Edited by: SUE7270 at: 12/3/2012 (06:37)
JUSTLYN1964 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/2/12 8:49 P

Thank you so much "everyone" for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Fitbit! What a wonderful response with a lot of great info on the pros and cons on the different models.

I wound up ordering the Fitbit One today and should get it by weeks end! I'm so excited!!! I like how a few people have made it their "reward" for lbs lost... great idea! Wish I had the patience to do this myself, but I don't... so... it's my gift to myself for my birthday on the 16th emoticon

I had never heard of the Fitbit myself until joining Spark People... and then these adds would pop up with these cute little gadgets. Sadly... I'm not getting a cute "colour" just simply black... but I'm so excited to be able to track my steps/calories burned by how much moving around I do in a day, on top of what I do at the gym.

Will do a follow up post after I use it for a week or so and let you all know how I like it!

Thanks again!


ps. thanks for the chuckle DINAOREILLY... I love men too emoticon

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12/2/12 8:47 P

Thank you so much "everyone" for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Fitbit! What a wonderful response with a lot of great info on the pros and cons on the different models.

I wound up ordering the Fitbit One today and should get it by weeks end! I'm so excited!!! I like how a few people have made it their "reward" for lbs lost... great idea! Wish I had the patience to do this myself, but I don't... so... it's my gift to myself for my birthday on the 16th emoticon

I had never heard of the Fitbit myself until joining Spark People... and then these adds would pop up with these cute little gadgets. Sadly... I'm not getting a cute "colour" just simply black... but I'm so excited to be able to track my steps/calories burned by how much moving around I do in a day, on top of what I do at the gym.

Will do a follow up post after I use it for a week or so and let you all know how I like it!

Thanks again!


ps. thanks for the chuckle DINAOREILLY... I love men too emoticon

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12/2/12 8:08 P

I'll be honest -- I haven't had experience with the Fitbit One yet, as they still haven't gotten it Android-linkable, so I've been using my Fitbit Ultra. I had the Fitbit Classic prior to the Ultra (same basic design, but without the altimiter so it didn't do floors climbed), and it was also excellent, but I do love the Fitbit Ultra. I like that it doesn't require a separate clip-on unit like the One does, although some people do have issues with breaking their Ultra if they're clipping it onto thick waistbands etc. But I would love to upgrade.

These people who keep claiming their regular pedometer is better don't have two years plus worth of data on the Fitbit website to look at like I do, so they probably don't realize that I can tell you which months I'm most active, which days of the week I'm most active, how many steps I've walked in the last week/month/year, what hours of the day I'm most active, etc, etc. I also have the Aria scale, so I can tell you info on my weight (although the scale seems to be a little less reliable, FWIW, and I wouldn't recommend it as highly as the Fitbit itself).

To summarize: I do like my Fitbit Ultra. If you're an Android phone person, you probably should save your money and just pick up a discounted Ultra somewhere until they make the One Android-capable. It tracks your info for the long-term unlike a standard pedometer, which becomes invaluable after months and years have passed.

CHAQUITA73 SparkPoints: (69,876)
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12/2/12 5:53 P

@NATIVENUYORKER- The One has the same features of the Ultra plus:

-it is sweat/water proof (instead of water resistant)

-it has silent alarms you can program (the One vibrates at the alarm time you set)

-the clip is made from a different material than the Ultra (less prone to cracking).

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12/2/12 5:48 P

@YogaWitch-- I love my FitBit One. I can't recommend it enough.

I just don't have that bell in my head screaming when I'm being lazy (same as not having the switch to stop eating full). Regardless of which model you get (Ultra, Zip, One), it is a pedometer, but it is a digital/electronic pedometer.

The advantages to me of a FitBit vs a standard pedometer is:
-the data is automatically uploaded to a website so you see how active (or inactive) you've been. I can see my data by day, week, month or any period I define to see how active I've been. On SP, I would have to manually add my workouts and SP guesses my calorie BMI to add to my workout burn for a total daily calorie burn.

-Based on this data, it gives you a pretty accurate calorie burn for the day. I spent 4 months using SP's guidance to eat 1200-1500 cal/day, ran 30+ mins for 3 times a week and couldn't lose 5 pounds. Got my FitBit and switched to FitBit's suggested eating 1,000 less calories per day than you burn and I've now lost 19 pounds in 3 months (and I'm eating about 2,000 calories per day!).

-Of course, now that I am tracking my activity 24/7, I am also more active than I had been because I am more aware of my activity level. Since I don't have to do anything to keep my history of steps/activity (the data uploads automatically), I can easily know how active I need to be this week with the goal of being more active this week than last week.

-Based on how fast your steps happen, it knows if you are running or walking. You setup the device with your stride length at walking or running. This distinguishes it from a regular pedometer if you are a runner because it will give you a more accurate distance traveled.

A small encouragement is you get badges similar to trophies here. But, instead of trophies for points, badges are for getting 10k steps per day (and every 5k after 10k), 10 flights of steps per day, etc. This little bugger gets me motivated to move enough to try for at least one badge per day.

I have the One. I like that it tracks how long I sleep each night (Ultra and One track flights of stairs and sleep, Zip does not). I have had issues with sleeping and again, it automatically tracks how long I've sleep by night so I can periodically look to see if I'm sleeping enough.

The FB website provides data nicely but their groups are not active compared to SP. Also, I don't care for the FB food tracking vs SP. But, SP and FB websites can link together. The food you enter into SP pushes over to the FB website automatically. And your activity from FB automatically pushes to SP. So, I feel like I have the best of both worlds with the awesomeness of SP's members & resources with pretty accurate personal activity data from FB.

Bottom line: like anything else in life, everyone has preferences. FB is not for everyone. At $100, my husband, who doesn't battle weight issues like I do, was pretty ticked that I bought it until he started to notice my weight loss.

I wish I didn't need it...that I just knew when I was not active enough for the day but that's just not how I'm programmed. FB is the answer to my prayers!

Best wishes to everyone to finding the thing(s) that work for them on this journey!

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12/2/12 1:59 P

I bought a fantastic pedometer about 4 months ago, and it tracks my steps each day, my calories lost from walking those steps, and it translates those steps into miles. That's all I need.... (and it only cost me about $30).

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12/2/12 11:21 A

Thinking about getting one. Anyone passionate on either side of yes get one now or don't waste your money email me or share here why? Help me decide. I'm not even 100% sure how it works but hear people talk about them.

12/2/12 10:40 A

Newer seems to be better, just save your receipt

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12/2/12 10:10 A

I love my Fitbit Ultra. It's not clear to me what the One does that the Ultra doesn't, but you can't go wrong with either. It simply motivates you to move and exercise more. It also encourages you to get more sleep if needed.

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12/2/12 8:57 A

I have had the fitbit ultra for almost a year now I love it, it helps keep me motivated, it really encourages me to get those 10,000 steps in because I hate seeing when I don't reach my goal. I got it mainly to add everyday movement to my exercise routine. I don't wear it when I run or do other activities I literallly only track my steps walked so that I am encouraged to move more on a day to day basis.

12/2/12 8:09 A

What excellent motivation and the fact that you can see it every day has really got to be a big help. I am sure that you will reach your goal because of it.
I shall keep checking this thread now as I am really excited for you emoticon

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12/2/12 4:25 A


DINAOREILLY SparkPoints: (71,642)
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12/1/12 3:18 P

Monday is my bad day. I can get 16000 on the weekend but Monday,,,sheesh lucky if i get to 6000 steps. Stuck on my computer

SKMINNY Posts: 804
12/1/12 2:43 P

Fitbit, it shows how lazy i really am on the weekends,

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (201,382)
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12/1/12 1:11 P

Neither...I just do my normal daily exercise every morning. No gadgets needed. :)

NIFFERJACOBSEN SparkPoints: (15,109)
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12/1/12 10:25 A

Honestly I've only had to mess with the battery once, but I didn't get the feeling that it would break real easily when messing with it. I think my zip is pretty sturdy, but we will see with time!

BECKYBETZ Posts: 109
12/1/12 10:22 A

I am getting a fitbit One for Christmas and I can't wait!!

SANDYBREIT Posts: 1,255
12/1/12 10:11 A

I've seen some reviews of the Fitbit Zip online where people were saying they were very prone to breaking when changing the battery -- does anyone here have any opinions about that? I'd love to get one of those for Christmas, the features of the Zip sound perfect for my purposes, but, even though I tend to take online reviews with a grain of salt I am somewhat concerned about buying one if it's too prone to problems. Thanks!

TEACH7TH SparkPoints: (22,379)
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12/1/12 10:03 A

This is some great info! Glad you all posted!

Hoping getting a Fitbit will help me keep moving, that's been something that has been hard for me!


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12/1/12 9:32 A

"I love men too. Great motivator to get moving." dinaoreilly, I really think your iPad was right the first time. It is for me, anyway! Thanks so much for this! Really made my morning. But now I'm going to have to research Fitbit.

THENEWJOSIE2 SparkPoints: (32,262)
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12/1/12 6:36 A

Thank you for all your info. I have been trying to decide which to buy!

DINAOREILLY SparkPoints: (71,642)
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12/1/12 1:12 A

Congrats on the weight loss. You will love your FITBIT. Enjoy

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12/1/12 1:02 A

I bought a fitbit zip because I was really only interested in tracking my steps per day (anything more complicated or detailed than that and I lose interest). Mine just arrived about a week ago, and so far this week, this little thing has really motivated me to reach my 10k steps per day goal. I like that it's small, runs on a battery, and is essentially low maintenance. Plus syncing it with the fitbit website, and then a second time with the sparkpeople website takes me about 30 seconds total including getting out the little dongle thing, so I don't mind. It was a great investment for me. I had previously bought a much more fancy doodad that measured your calories burned and was this big cumbersome band you had to wear on your arm -- that too much was too much and not as discreet as the fitbit zip, which I just love!

DINAOREILLY SparkPoints: (71,642)
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11/30/12 11:46 P

Geez. This Ipad has got to stop correcting me. I meant to say ....I love my FITBIT too and find it a great motivator.

DINAOREILLY SparkPoints: (71,642)
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11/30/12 11:45 P

I love men too. Great motivator to get moving.

NIFFERJACOBSEN SparkPoints: (15,109)
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11/30/12 10:07 P

I have the fitbit zip and I absolutely love it! It's so tiny and cute! I clip it to my bra most of the time. I have found that it has really motivated me to take more steps each day. I have one in pink and also bought my husband one in blue. We compete to see who gets more steps in a week and it will tell me if he's passed me in step count. I love it!!!

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11/30/12 6:40 P

I am originally from the Canadian side of the border, but currently live in South Korea. Right now I am patiently waiting for my fitbit one to arrive. I had to mail it to my Mom's US. postal box and have her re-mail it to me here. I'm hoping it will be worth the effort.
The biggest selling point for me was the silent alarm. I always get up before 6 am to go to the gym before heading out to teach at my university. My husband is not a happy camper if he gets woken up by my alarm clock.

FIG138 Posts: 173
11/30/12 4:37 P

So excited about receiving my Fitbit One. It is sitting in my family room in the box staring at me.....why? Because it is my reward for my 1st 10 lb. loss. I go into the doctor's office on 12/11 for my first weigh-in. If I'm down 10 lbs, that bad boy is MINE! Every time I look at it, I just tell myself, "keep your eye on the prize." I can't wait to be able to track my steps, sleep, hills, and stairs. I know a lot of people that have the Ultra and they LOVE it. The only complaint I've gotten is the water issue, which now the One is water/sweat resistant, so that should hopefully fix that. So excited to sync it to Sparkpeople as well as compete with my friends/family who have them. Is it December 11th yet?

CASEYTALK Posts: 1,570
11/30/12 3:37 P

I have a fitbit ultra. I really like it. The customer service for fitbit is excellent, too.

CARRIEME SparkPoints: (15,647)
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11/30/12 9:44 A

this is the first i ever heard of it...

JOYFULME01 Posts: 621
11/30/12 9:20 A

I don't use fitbit. I don't know anything about it.

BUFFYSMOM2 Posts: 5,334
11/30/12 8:35 A

I've had the fitbit zip for a couple of months and I love the way it motivates me to walk a little bit more every month and is so compact and light. Am getting the fitbit one for hubby for Christmas.

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11/30/12 6:50 A

I am from emoticon and had the one come, paid $20 for duty. Cannot comment on it as it is a reward for reaching a weight loss goal ~ 20 lbs ~ and I have 3 lbs to go before I can open it. I would like to thank you all for your comments, though, as the information provided was informative and will be helpful for the future. I am hoping that this will help me with achieving the rest of my weight loss goals and keep me motivated beyond that.

CHAQUITA73 SparkPoints: (69,876)
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11/30/12 6:28 A

@ELMNOP - The FB website has warranty info published:

BATCHICK SparkPoints: (59,186)
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11/29/12 9:41 P

I got the fitbit one when it came out and I love it...last night I was pacing around while my hubby watched TV because I really wanted to get to 5 miles walked in a day. Also, I have been parking extra far away everywhere I go to add up my steps.
I also really love the sleep tracker. I think monitoring that data has actually made me a more efficient sleeper!
It seemed pretty simple to set up to me. If you have an iphone or smartphone working this thing should be a breeze.

as far as whether or not One is better than Ultra... well, I think the clip thing is a pretty big issue. My friend lost her first Ultra because of the clip joint. I don't think she tried to get the company to replace it though. Also I've read reviews about sweat shorting the Ultra out, so that's why I went with the shiny and new One (since I sweat a lot and clip it inside my bra).

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11/29/12 6:34 P

Does anyone know how long the warranty is?

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/29/12 3:46 P

I am keeping my ultra until it breaks. Hopefully by then if any bugs are in the One they can clear them up before i have to buy.

Love my fitbit. Love getting my petals. The zip is too close to a standard pedometer. I like the sleep function and the stair counting. I like the emails that I get when i get a trophy. the one that made me laugh is that I climbed the worlds tallest pencil.

CHAQUITA73 SparkPoints: (69,876)
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11/29/12 1:58 P

Just wanted to chime in...I had an Ultra for a few weeks and returned it because the One was announced. I would agree with SlySam--the features of the One are nice to have but not necessary but I do like the One's clip better than the Ultra. Also, I didn't consider the Zip because I wanted to track sleep and floors.

Having only had the Ultra for a few weeks and having the One since it was released in stores last month, I haven't had any issues that others have reported with either the Ultra or the One. I have some comfort that if it breaks, FitBit will replace it. I've read many, many customer service reviews indicating that the company replaces damaged and lost FitBits with very little question.

Bottom line: I LOVE IT!! Can't live one minute without wearing it. I struggled with losing weight for months and since getting a Fitbit in August, I've lost 16 pounds...the little bugger really challenges me to move, move, move and I think that has made all of the difference.

Lastly, I had considered other similar things like the BodyBugg, but I couldn't justify the cost of the unit plus the website access fee to see the data. Also, I wanted something that can be worn and not visible to others (I wear my FitBit tucked into my bra). FitBit's data uploads to the website for free. FitBit has a premium (optional) membership for $50/yr that gives you extra data and a "trainer" (gives you activity goals to get you to lose weight). I have the premium membership for one year, but I doubt I'll renew because by then I **should** be at or near my goal weight and in the habit of what I need to do to remain there.

Whatever you decided, best of luck!!!

AEGISHOT Posts: 4,667
11/29/12 1:48 P

Nice information on fitbit products here. I am buying the One for Christmas too, I hope it gives me joy.

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11/29/12 1:17 P

One more thought... If you know you want the floor tracking, ability to make activity records, sleep tracking but are not as concerned about the new features like the silent vibrating alarm and ability to sync with certain smart phones... You may be able to find the Ultra at a good sale price right now. I am planning to keep using my Ultra until it stops working before I upgrade, I personally don't see the One features as "need to have" just "nice to have". I personally would not be happy with a Zip only because I am so use to some of the features that are not included in the Zip. I personally found the fitbit fairly easy to use, but some people seem to have a learning curve so I can't really comment on how complicated it is. There is an online manual not a paper one, some people really have a hard time with that judging from the daily questions on the fitbit forum. You can actually open a free account (and close it later if you decide you don't like it) if you want to see what the user interface looks like though it wouldn't have many stats without a fitbit.

Edited by: SLYSAM at: 11/29/2012 (13:18)
POSEY440 SparkPoints: (485,584)
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11/29/12 1:04 P

just ordered the One for $99 but it has not arrived yet hope it is easy to use with my smart phone. Want to keep track of my sleep have issues, plus all the stairs I do daily.

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11/29/12 12:55 P

I have the older fitbit the ultra, I've had it nearly a year with no issue (I received it for Christmas last). Before that I had the older fitbit that is not available now, and it survived one trip through the washer and dryer, but died the second time I made that mistake. They did state it isn't waterproof, so it is impressive it survived the washer and the dryer and continued to work for months after. I've read complaints about the durability, but I actually have not had these issues in more than two years of fitbit wearing.

I would probably go for the One, but really either the One or Ultra is fine. The one is said to be a little more durable--it is more water and heat resistant (you can't swim with it, but it should resist sweat or accidental wetness better), it is no longer a clip and it sounds like the clip you attach is sturdier than the old way (some of the old ones have cracked if people wear them on a thick waistband, etc), and it can sync to a smart phone via bluetooth (if you have a compatible phone that uses the right bluetooth). There are a couple things I read that I am skeptical about with the One, but I don't have one so can't comment.

I think the cheaper Zip has the improved durability and ability to link with certain phones. I just would not choose one as there are features the Ultra (and one) has that I would not want to be without. With the Ultra/One, there is a button you can use to either track your activity or sleep. For activity, it makes a record on your fitbit account that gives all the fitbit tracked stats for that activity like your steps, distance, calorie burn, floors or hills climbed, average pace, and a minute by minute breakdown. I use this feature every day, I even use it for time management if I want to keep track of how long I spend doing a certain activity or if I want to prompt myself to spend say one hour cleaning I'll start the stopwatch. With the Zip, it would be harder to see specifics for any one activity as the display will be the totals for the day. Also it looks a little bigger, I wear mine on my bra so I want it to be as small as possible. I am sure it is fine for basic tracking and I think they were wise to add a more basic product at a lower price point.

KEELY128 SparkPoints: (390,400)
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11/29/12 12:24 P

I have had my fitbit for about 2 months and I enjoy it. If anything it helps get me motivated to move more.

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11/29/12 11:25 A

While they are loved on videofitness, owners there complain the break frequently. 2-3 replacements are needed a year. I use bodymedia for 3 years so far, no problems with it.

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11/29/12 10:41 A

scrap that! Delayed reaction LOL I forgot I could "search" the fitbit and lo and behold I found some helpful information that has already been posted by others in search of the same.

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11/29/12 10:13 A

I'm really interested in owning one of these to inspire me along my day by way of "tracking movement & calories burned"

Does anyone out there own one or the other? What do you think of them as far as "gadgets" go?

As I'm in Canada, I have to pay an extra fee (duties) ranging anywhere from 20 - 40 dollars, so I'd like to make "the right choice" in which one to buy.

I don't do complicated... and wonder if the Fitbit One would be too confusing OR????

I would appreciate your thoughts...


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